What We Do for Love Book Review & Book Tour Giveaway

I don't read and review a lot of women's fiction novels--but, something about What We Do for Love by Anne Pfeffer caught my attention.  Perhaps it was just the simple barbed wire trapped heart on the cover--or the hint of something a little deeper than a romance novel in the book's description.  Today, I am excited to share my thoughts on this novel--and offer the opportunity for readers to enter the book tour giveaway at the end of this post.

Book Title: What We Do for Love by Anne Pfeffer
Category: Adult Fiction, 227 pages
Genre: Contemporary Women's Fiction

I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author or publisher for use in this review.  
All opinions are my own.

About the Book

If Lorelai Gilmore of Gilmore Girls was dropped into a thriller, it might resemble this appealing novel.” --Kirkus Reviews

Thirty-eight-year-old Nicole Adams has given up on finding love. Instead, the single mother focuses on the things she cherishes most—her sixteen-year-old son Justin, her friends, and her art. When she convinces a prominent Los Angeles museum to feature a piece of her work, a large-scale installation, she thinks her life has finally turned a corner. Then Justin brings a girl, Daniela, home to live with them. Daniela’s angry parents have thrown her out of the house because she’s pregnant with Justin’s child.

​Shattered, Nicole takes Daniela in and, in so doing, is drawn into the inner circle of Daniela’s family—a frightening world of deceit and violence. Nicole struggles to keep life going as normal. Forced to deal with people she doesn’t trust or like, fearful for the future of both her son and the grandchild they’re expecting, Nicole wonders if she can do what she tells Justin to do: always have faith in yourself and do the right thing. ​

What We Do For Love won the Chick Lit category and made finalist for Best Cover Design/Fiction in the 2019 Next Generation Indie Book Awards!

My Review

What We Do For Love packs a life story into a quick read.  The author's writing style creates an easy to follow, quickly read novel that holds quite a full story for readers.  I read the book from start to finish in one evening while I waited for my daughters to finish practices and lessons after school.   The author draws reader interest in the first few pages and keeps the book moving along smoothly as she shares the main character's life (past and present) to create the storyline.

The main character in What We Do for Love is easy to cheer on.  I loved Nicole--and wished for a happy ending for her and her family and friends.  The author created a stable, loving, hopeful character who endured a great deal--but, never lost sight of who she was nor of what was important to her and her life.   While Nicole was the backbone of her little world--the people in her life were vital to her story.

What We Do For Love Combined a Realistic Plot with its Fiction.  The author did not give her characters unreasonable characteristics or drop them into ridiculous relationships or interactions.  The story seemed real enough that readers could feel Nicole's mounting pressures and feel the emotions as she tried to remain strong for all of those who needed her support. 

Would I recommend What We Do for Love by Anne Pfeffer?  I am not a huge chick-lit reader--and I haven't watched a Lifetime movie in nearly 20 years--but, I loved this book.  I loved the main character--and I loved watching the emotional storyline realistically find hope and resolution.  It is a quick, easy read making it the perfect book to pack along on vacation.  It is excellent for readers who enjoy women's fiction and light romance--but, I think women who enjoy coming of age stories and life stories with some twists would love it as well.

To read more reviews, please visit Anne Pfeffer's page on iRead Book Tours.

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Meet the Author

Award-winning novelist Anne Pfeffer grew up in Phoenix, Arizona reading prodigiously and riding horses. After working in Chicago and New York, she escaped back to the land of sunshine in Los Angeles.

​She has worked in banking and as a pro bono attorney, representing abandoned children in adoption and guardianship proceedings. Anne has a daughter living in New York and is the author of four books in the YA/New Adult genres.

Connect with the author: Website ~ Twitter

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Ends June 21, 2019

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  1. Thanks so much! The designer was

  2. The cover is beautiful. I loved the barbed wire around the heart. And the heart is not whole. It really speaks to me. Its art!



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